Automatic IR Proximity Sensor Switch - Magically light up 12V LEDs
- kitchen cabinets
- closet doors
- & lots more
Also works great for marine/boat applications:
Of course works well in cars too, such as in:
- glove box
- center console
- even under the hood
The point is simple: ONLY give you light when you NEED it.
Your LED strips will light up when something is open (like a door, panel, drawer, etc).
How does it work?
When something is close to the infrared sensor, your LEDs will turn off.
When nothing is directly in front of the infrared sensor, your LEDs will light up!
Voltage: 12 to 24 (VDC)
Max current: 3 Amps (36W @ 12V)
Works great with our AC Adapters (just plugs right in).
Or, you can always just snip off the power plugs, and wire up directly to a low voltage (12v - 24v) source. Then wire in your LEDs, LED strips, LED tubes, LED floods, etc)
IR Proximity Sensor Switch Technical InfoMaximum current / power:
36W / 3 amps @ 12V input
72W / 3 amps @ 24V input
Less than 6 inches (15 cm): light is OFF
More than 6 inches (15 cm): light is ON
This means if something is 6 inches or further away from the little infrared "eye", the unit will activate your lights to turn on.
Slightly water resistant, but not waterproof.
With a bit of silicone around the edges, you could probably make it more waterproof.
If you don't want to use plug, you can cut them off and then connect the red-black wires like below:
IR Proximity Switch
Jerry Murray from Belfair, WA
Nothing in the description that reveals the types of materials to use when blocking the IR beams to shut off switch. I found that using cloth, my hand, wood, metal (foil) can be used to interrupt the beams and turn off the switch. I installed the unit under the hood of my vehicle and wanted to use the rubber weather strip skirt that blocks debris (from entering under the hood) as a beam block and activate switch off. When I shut the hood the leds continued to shine. Evidently, rubber materials do not function to operate switch shutoff. I glued a piece of heavy duty foil to the inside of the rubber skirt which did the trick. Also note that my unit shuts off at 2.5" and not 6 inches as stated in the description.
not meant for battery power supply
Saroj from Arcata, CA
I don't think it is fair to knock this for draining a battery. If you think about it, in order to sense proximity, it has to be checking on a continual basis for something NOT being there. Thus it is obvious that it will have to have a continual draw.
battery vs. outlet
Scott from Mandan, ND
Don't buy this if you plan to run it off a battery supply. The switch has a constant draw. I attached a 8 AA battery supply WITHOUT ANY LIGHTS attached because i could not figure out why my batteries kept draining. I also put the switch next to the wall so it would be in the off position. It registered 12.44 volts with fresh batteries, one day later it registered 11.39, two days later 10.5 volts. Other than the constant power draw the switch works fine.
Just be careful on how you plan to use the proximity sensor switch.